Luffa – Ridge Gourd Bhaji
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Serves: Serves 2
  • 1 fresh Luffa (approx 50 cm long)
  • Oil to fry
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 medium Tomato
  • 1½ handful red Lentils (presoaked)
  • 1 cup Water
  • pinch Salt
  • pinch Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ Tsp Chilli Powder
  • dash Garam Masala (optional)
  • 1½ Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 handful freshly scraped coconut
  1. The Luffa gourd requires to be scraped, that means that the corners are peeled mostly. The rest of the dark green skin is left or barely scraped. The flesh inside should be still soft as shown.

  2. Half the Luffa and quarter each half so to cut cubes. Keep aside
  3. Cut the Onion and Tomato into cubes. In a pan add the oil and fry first the Onion translucent then add the tomato pieces.
  4. Continue to add the Luffa pieces and keep on stirring while frying for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Now pour in the water, add the Lentils and season with all the above mentioned ingredients (Salt, pepper, Turmeric, chilli, Garam Masala and Ginger Garlic Paste).
  6. Leave the bhaji pot to simmer for 15 minutes at least.
  7. Right before serving stir in the Scraped Coconut and serve hot.
Recipe by Masala Herb at